I would normally have been quite impressed with this hotel but having just left a much better 4 star hotel, this was actually a little bit of a let down.
The staff on the front desk were very helpful and friendly and could not be faulted. The room was nice with a huge king size bed. There were just small details which, in my opinion, let this hotel down. The free wifi was hard to connect to and frequently dropped in and out. There was a huge list of nearby wifi networks which may have caused interference. I also had to reconnect to the internet every time my phone or iPad went into standby which which was a pain and meant that iMessages and emails couldn't come straight through when I was in the room.
The toiletries in the bathroom were not replenished when used up. Packets which had been opened were cleared away but not replaced and the complementary bottled water was also not replaced when it had been finished.
The minibar prices were extortionate - I didn't expect the mini bar to be cheap but the prices were more than double that of the last hotel I stayed in. There is a Spar just down the road though which is useful for stocking up on snacks and drinks without racking up a huge minibar bill! (Although after just reading a response to a previous review it appears that the hotel doesn't like the kind of guest that shops at the Spar - I probably wouldn't have chosen this hotel had I known that the management judges people based on their choice of supermarket!)
The location of the hotel was good with all the major sites of the Altstadt in easy walking distance. All in all this was a good base for exploring Vienna but make sure you get a good deal on Expedia or a similar website as it's definitely not worth the full price which was displayed in the room - although that may also make you the kind of guest they don't really want...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ring - Relais & Châteaux is one of Vienna's most hip City- and Lifestyle hotels. Since its opening in November 2007 it pampers its guests with outstanding comfort and casual luxury in every detail. You find the hotel best located, in the middle of the centre of Vienna, the famous art-, culture and shopping mile Wiener Ringstraße in front of the door. At Kärntner Ring number 8 the historic façade has been lovingly renovated. Inside guests are welcomed by a modern, straight and nevertheless sensual interior. New elements were merged with old ones - for example the 100-year old elevator and the plastered walls of the "Ring Suite", combined with modern design. The Ring, Vienna's Casual Luxury Hotel, has 68 rooms and suites available, all luxuriously equipped and made of an inspiring mix of contemporary and classic design. Guests can choose between Casual-, Special, and X-ordinary rooms, as well as Cosmopolitan suites or the unique Ring Suite. The innovative illumination concept and the exquisitely made bathrooms complete the extensive feeling of living. The concept of warm brown and beige colors, refreshing pistachio and fiery red makes the hotel an amazing place. At the stylish hotelbar "Drings" by Le Zefire guests can expect the atmosphere of a French Club, great drinks, international music and cool people. On a regular basis live DJs will be contributing to the party feeling. The restaurant "at eight" is located on the ground floor and pampers the guests with outstanding international, toque winning seasonal aroma cuisine. Apart from the cuisine awarded with two toques, the innovative design concept impresses the guests. "Dressing up for the evening" - the restaurant at eight changes its clothes every afternoon and suits up to be the perfect evening restaurant for its guests. At The Ring Day Spa guests can shake off their stress from all-day life. The Spa, located on the 7th floor, offers an amazing view over the rooftops of Vienna. A fitness area with most modern training equipment and entertainment centre is available for the guests. Fresh fruit and water are on disposal for free. Changing rooms, safe deposit boxes, shower rooms and towels are available on location. For guests of the hotel, the fitness area is opened around the clock. The demanding criteria of the prestigious international Green Globe label confirm the green stance of The Ring, Vienna's Casual Luxury Hotel on sustainable tourism in all of its establishments. Green Globe is an internationally recognized certification program designed for the travel and luxury tourism industry. Its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards are applicable to several types of structures such as resorts, spas and casinos. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ring Viennas Casual Luxury Hotel